Partnership Releases Zogby Poll to Elected Officials

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 28, 2013

Partnership Releases Zogby Poll to Elected Officials

Cuomo receives Upstate employers’ opinions of current economic development efforts

BUFFALO, NY – The Buffalo Niagara Partnership today released the results of a poll focused on Upstate employers’ perceptions of economic development progress to Governor Andrew Cuomo and his administration.  John Zogby of Zogby International was commissioned to conduct the poll and present his findings at the Partnership’s Accelerate Upstate 2.0 economic development summit, which was sponsored by M&T Bank and webcast via YNN.

More than 340 employers from all regions of Upstate New York completed the poll to provide their opinions on obstacles and opportunities for private sector job creation in New York State.  The poll indicates employers have a strong appetite for investing and creating jobs in Upstate New York, but are also concerned by significant barriers, notably the overall cost of doing business.

“High costs are not a new theme in Upstate New York – in fact it’s one we have been stumping on for some time, and led us to create Unshackle Upstate,” said Andrew J. Rudnick, president & CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.  “But also clearly stated in this survey is a specific intent by Upstate employers to invest, create jobs and grow the economy if real and measurable relief is offered by Albany.”  Added Rudnick, “It’s too early to declare victory.”

The Partnership/Zogby poll also indicates that while employers are pessimistic about opportunities for young people, startups, and welcoming new employers, they do tend to see the State as trending in a positive direction.

“This recent survey is indeed a ‘culture in transition’ among New York State officials,” said Zogby in his analysis.  “Employers want government and development agencies to help them along the path of what many are already doing on their own.”

The full results of the poll are available online: http://bit.ly/13iBw8o

Moving forward from the release of the poll, the Partnership is encouraging employers to communicate with Governor Cuomo and ask him to pay close attention to the poll’s message.  Partnership government affairs staff and volunteers will use the polls’ findings in advocacy efforts throughout the current legislative session.  An e-advocacy portal has been established for employers to easily write Cuomo and is available online: http://bit.ly/YCiRg1

In addition to Zogby’s presentation, Accelerate Upstate 2.0 speakers included expert on millennial workers Joan Snyder Kuhl, Lt. Governor Robert Duffy, Chobani CFO James McConeghy, and two panel discussions.  Highlights of the event are available online: http://bit.ly/VQ8Dyv

ABOUT THE BUFFALO NIAGARA PARTNERSHIP
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is the region’s private sector economic development organization and regional chamber of commerce, representing nearly a quarter of a million employees in the Buffalo Niagara region. The Partnership’s work has three main focuses: advocacy, business development and convening. By mobilizing members and strategic partners around common goals, the Partnership grows private investment and jobs in Buffalo Niagara.


For Press Inquiries, Please Contact Grant Loomis, Vice President, Government Affairs at gloomis@thepartnership.org or 716-541-1736